Springfest offers diverse musical lineup

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Eliot Lewis of super group Hall & Oates is one of 7 acts performing at the free campus based community wide festival

With the goal of attracting a diverse audience to campus, Ohio State Marion student organizers of the April 13th community music and arts festival Springfest, drew from a wide variety of musical genres to choose their line-up of performers. 

From the metal sound of national touring act Bobaflex and Columbus based Overtheory, who perform later in the evening, to the R&B funk sound of local central Ohio fan favorite Willie Phoenix, Springfest encompasses pop, rock, blues, classic rock, alternative, funk, soul, acoustic, R&B, metal, hip-hop, and maybe even a little country.

The campus organization putting on Springfest, which is a group made up primarily of non-traditional students, struck “pay dirt” when landing performing artist Eliot Lewis.  Not only does he have a national following, but his resume as a vocalist and musician is like a who’s who of the music industry.

A multi-instrumentalist, Lewis is a member of the famed musical group Hall & Oates, and continues his highly successful solo tour with a special appearance at Ohio State Marion’s Springfest on Saturday, April 13th at 2 p.m. 

He is on tour promoting his newest solo CD, entitled “Enjoy the Ride” which was released in September 2012.

“I have really concentrated on my solo tour over the last 3 years, and done a lot of shows in both the Northeast and the Midwest,” said Lewis.

“I’ve seen many old friends,” he added, “but enjoy making new fans along the way.”

From 1989 to 2002, he was the lead singer/bass player for famed classic rock group Average White Band.  In 2003, he joined Hall & Oates as their keyboard player.  He has also been an integral part of the award-winning show Live from Daryl’s House, a monthly webcast started by Daryl Hall in 2007.  The program made the successful transition from web to television in 2011, with the announcement that 36 half-hour episodes are now syndicated in several markets across the country.  Just recently, Palladia Channel has picked up the show on cable, along with VH-1 and RFDTV.

Throughout his career, Lewis was signed to Warner Brothers, Sony Tunes, BMG, and RCA as a songwriter and producer.  He has written, performed, and produced four independent albums including the recently released, “Enjoy The Ride".  Selling thousands of CD‘s without the help of record companies, he has truly become a self-contained artist. He now has taken to the stage on his own, performing a unique one-man band solo show all over the country incorporating all of the instruments he plays into a highly entertaining event.

Just some of the other artist’s Lewis has worked with directly are:  Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Smokey Robinson, Dave Stewart, Jewel, and Robby Kreiger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors,  He has guest performed on MTV, VH1 and VH1 classics, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’ Brien, The Today Show, Ellen, and many others.

Lewis’s music style can be best described as a mix of pop, soul, and progressive blues.  He provides the audience with a high-energy show, and incorporates all of the instruments he plays into his live performances.

“I use a bit of technology in my solo shows,” Lewis explained.  “The guitar and the vocals are live, and the drums, bass, and background vocals are on my backing tracks, but everything that you hear is all me.”

Elliot Lewis is also an accomplished photographer, and shot the cover photo of Hall & Oates 2005 CD, entitled “Our Kind of Soul.” 

Lewis is one of 7 performers featured at the day long music festival.

Schedule of Live Performances
Acoustic pop/rock sister act duo - Lucky Penny 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Pop/rock female solo artist - Samantha Howard 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Nationally accomplished vocalist & musician - Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oates 2-3:30 p.m.
High energy pop/rock cover band 80s through today - Cherry Blonde 3:45-5:00 p.m.
The King of R&B Funk - Willie Phoenix 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Columbus based rock/metal band - OverTheory 7:30-9:00 p.m.

THE HEADLINER:  Bobaflex  9:30-11:00 p.m.

There will be a special VIP area for those who want closer access to the stage and are interested in access to the bands.  General admission for all the concerts is free.  VIP access wrist bands are currently available for purchase in Maynard Hall, Room 100, at the reception desk.  The wrist band will get you the best seats near the stage in the VIP area for all the performances.  Wrist Bands are $5 for Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College students and $10 for all others.

Formerly referred to as May Day on the Marion Campus, The Ohio State University at Marion will revitalize what was a springtime tradition that dates back to the early 1970s.  May Day ended in the early 1990’s and a group of current Ohio State Marion students spearheaded the effort to rework the event under a new name and attract people to the Ohio State regional campus in north central Ohio. 

The annual campus-wide celebration signifies the end of the academic year and the rebirth that comes with spring.   Student organizers hope to attract Ohio State students from all 6 of the university’s statewide system of campuses in Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield, Newark, and Wooster; Marion Technical College students; university faculty, staff, and alumni; and the general public.